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Busting blogger’s block: Line up a list

10 ways to blog when you don’t feel like blogging

6. Whip up a roster or a linked lineup.

Sometimes a suitable format can dispel the darkest form of writer's block. For a poet, a tightly structured sonnet, haiku, or limerick can offer a tantalizing challenge. A journalist may set up a Q and A with a hot topic insider.

A feature writer might pick an intriguing topic and develop a list of how-to’s, key components, or related quotations.

Consider the list of 10 examples of published pieces, each employing the list format.

  1. Top 10 things you just can't say to your boss
  2. 10 most offensive things I've seen folks do on airplanes
  3. Courtesy on display: 10 visitors’ tips for museum manners
  4. 5 ways to say no politely to school fundraiser requests
  5. Embracing etiquette: 10 tips on polite hugs
  6. 10 tips for fighting off the fiercest flu
  7. 45 Great Ways to  reuse prescription bottles
  8. 10 ways to stop your dog from begging at the table
  9. Twitter etiquette: 20 tweets we'd like to trash
  10. 15 ways to cool off without air conditioning

What subjects are whirling inside your head today? How might any of these lend themselves to rosters for your readers?

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10 ways to blog when you don’t feel like blogging

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